Conduct Your Career Research

From self-awareness, to knowledge of majors, to interviewing or negotiating wages, career information fuels career decision making. We've collected some resources you requested; we also encourage you to visit the comprehensive list of resources available through Penn State Career Services for information, workshops, and events.

How to Connect Your Major to a Career

  • What can I do with this major? — Outline of common career areas and typical employers, including downloadable handouts linking careers and majors
  • Education Crosswalk Search — Search for occupations by title or job code and identify occupations expected to grow rapidly in the next several years
  • Major and Career Profiles — Categories of majors and career categories from the CollegeBoard website
  • Career InfoNet: Career Exploration — U.S. Department of Labor–sponsored site for career exploration with self-assessment tools and videos about specific careers

Virtual Libraries and Downloadable Resources

How to Interview

  • InterviewStream — Practice your interviewing skills 24/7 from the privacy of home, as well as view advice from interview experts
  • How to Ace a Job Interview on Skype — Watch this video from TIME to learn what to do if you are asked to interview on Skype

Leveraging Social Media for Careers

LinkedIn

Twitter

Follow Lynn on Twitter for up-to-date information on career and social media for adult workers

How to Link Your Military Experience to Civilian Life

Average Income for Occupations, Facts and Figures, and Work Trends

  • CareerOneStop Salary and Benefits — Wage and salary information from the U.S. Department of Labor–sponsored website
  • CareerInfoNet — Find out what industries and occupations are projected to grow or decline, compare wages by occupation and local area, and more from CareerOneStop
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook — View in-depth descriptions of occupations across all U.S. work sectors on this website from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
  • O*NET Online — A prime source of occupational information, including a database of job descriptors for students and job seekers
  • Penn State Schreyer Business Library — Resources for all majors on exploring careers, internships, preparing for a job search, and salary and wage information
  • Info, Salaries, Stats, and Newsletters — Downloadable resources, from sample cover letters and résumés to information on networking, provided by Penn State Career Services
  • NACE Salary Calculator Center — Easy-to-use salary calculator to provide you with approximate compensation data that accounts for location, occupation, work experience, and level of education

Graduate School and Further Schooling Resources

Company and Employer Information

How to Job Search

  • Career Resource Library — Career tools and searchable database powered by CareerOneStop
  • Going Global — International and U.S. metropolitan area employment resources provided by Penn State Career Services
  • JobHuntersBible.com — Job-hunting, résumé-writing, and networking tips from the author of What Color is Your Parachute?
  • Riley Guide — Online job seekers' employment and career information
  • I am a Job-Seeker — Quintessential Careers' one-stop resource for help with finding a new job

Additional Career-Related Sites

How People Plan a Career and Write a Résumé

Networking Strategies

Work Challenges or Career Transitions

  • ACareerChange — Expert advice and tips on changing your career, including how to pay the mortgage during a transition or get into a training program
  • Study Guides and Strategies — Time management, study habits, and tips on "learning to learn" from the public service website
  • I am a Career-Changer — Resources and tools about changing your job or career from Quintessential Careers

Web-Based Workshops and Seminars